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"The integration of immigrants in Portugal"

Brandyn Bok

Perspectives on Business and Economics, 33, 2015

In essence, Portugal’s recent immigration policy regards immigrants as members of the national community rather than outsiders. Immigrants in Portugal possess significantly more social rights and economic opportunities than in most other developed countries. This ongoing positive treatment of immigrants represents a conscious shift on the part of the Portuguese government to take a more humanist approach to immigration. Beyond providing an accessible route to satisfying labor demand through immigration, Portugal’s open immigration policies also provide a basis for future social development and economic growth. With over 70 percent of immigrants settling in Portugal permanently and serving as the country’s main source of demographic growth in the twenty-first century, a policy focus on the integration of immigrants is a direct investment in the country and its future.

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